Scientists at the site near Tulsa, Oklahoma, will start the excavation by hand and clean up the coffins with finer grain instruments. This will make it easier for researchers to examine the caskets’ hardware and construction method to identify when they were interred. Tulsa City hide caption
switch to caption Tulsa City Scientists at the site near Tulsa, Oklahoma, will start the excavation by hand and clean up the coffins with finer grain instruments. This will make it easier for researchers to examine the caskets’ hardware and construction method to identify when they were interred.
Additional 21 unmarked adult graves that may be connected to victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre have been discovered by City of Tulsa researchers.
City officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced on Monday that 17 adult-sized graves had been discovered at an excavation site in the Oaklawn Cemetery and that two child-sized graves had been discovered on Tuesday.
The initiative is a part of the city’s decades-long efforts to determine exactly how many people were slain when a white mob destroyed Tulsa’s wealthy Greenwood neighborhood, where black residents had been segregated under Jim Crow laws.
According to some historians, the incident and the subsequent martial law days resulted in the deaths of up to 300 Black people. The majority of them are thought to have been interred in a number of mass graves that the white authorities of the time had sanctioned. Black family members of the deceased were reportedly prevented from attending the burials under the interim limitations because they were kept under armed guard and separated from their deceased sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers.
According to historical accounts, a confrontation between a young black guy and a white woman in a downtown elevator served as the riot’s ignition. The woman, who worked as an elevator operator, claims that the male, a shoe shiner who was on the elevator going to the restroom, upset her.
RACE The incident took place soon after a wave of racial unrest that erupted over the county in 1919.
SCIENTISTS WILL START HAND EXCAVATING According to archeologist Kary Stackelbeck, researchers will now start manually digging the Tulsa site and cleaning up the coffins with smaller-grained instruments. This will make it easier for researchers to examine the caskets’ hardware and construction method to identify when they were interred.
‘This is going to be part of our process of deciding which ones we’re really going to keep in place, at least for now, and which ones we’re going to go with in terms of exhuming those folks,’ she added.
Additionally, 19 unidentified bodies that had been reburied in 2o21 were discovered by researchers.
However, Stackelbeck noted in an update last week that testing on some subjects “did not provide a very good outcome.” Teams are now returning to those same bodies, she said, “to acquire some additional samples and hopefully get some better results.”
Similar to last year, she said, “we’re trying to perform every step of this process with as much respect as we can.”
During the transfer of the remains to the forensic lab, a pastor or other member of the clergy will also be present.
By Nov 18. , the excavation should be finished.